As we enter into the Christmas season, I find myself overcome with the desire to do Christmas-y things…”All day, every day”. Which is the same thing I can say about how often I wanted to eat Mexican food while pregnant…It’s just that kind of craving. POWERFUL and unrelenting.

Anyway, within the next week, I plan on making a batch of these delicious Molasses Cookies and homemade ornaments, with the movie Elf playing in the background. If you care to join me, find a homemade ornament tutorial (can’t share mine because it was special thing between a friend and I), buy the movie Elf, and follow this recipe!

Molasses Cookies

Yields 24 cookies

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar (for rolling cookies in beforebaking)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk flour, baking soda, spices, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk egg, butter, granulated sugar, molasses, and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Mix in dry ingredient, just until combined.

Place granulated sugar in a shallow bowl. Scoop out dough by the tablespoonful and roll into balls. Roll in sugar and place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing cookies 2” apart.

Bake cookies until puffed, cracked, and just set around edges, about 8-10 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and let cool.